Te Ipukarea and The Centre for Language Revitalisation host postgraduate students as an important part of our commitment to supporting emerging researchers through excellent supervision and the experience of working on our research projects.

Postgraduate students based in the Institute and Centre are a part of a stimulating research culture which encourages critical thinking. Our students are exposed to diverse methodologies and multi-disciplinary approaches within a vibrant, convivial, and collegial environment.  We provide a space for students to feel part of a collective and meet other researchers who share common interests. 

The Te Ipukarea team has a strong record of supervising postgraduate research across a wide range of subjects. We emphasise quality supervision and aim to provide opportunities for collaboration and skill-sharing. The Te Ipukarea team can also help students to identify and apply for scholarships.   


The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) is a one year (full time) research only degree. It provides an opportunity for students to undertake a research topic of their choice under the supervision of Te Ipukarea staff. The research is presented in thesis form, accompanied in some cases by a piece of creative work. The MPhil can also provide a pathway to more advanced research at the doctoral level.

Further information regarding the Master of Philosophy, including details regarding entry requirements, as well as planning and structure of the degree, can be found here.


The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) provides students with the opportunity to undertake advanced research, develop their careers, and demonstrate leadership in their communities through the development and dissemination of knowledge. The PhD is the equivalent of three to four years of full-time study, under the academic supervision of Te Ipukarea staff, and constitutes an original and significant contribution to knowledge.

Further information regarding the Doctor of Philosophy, including details regarding entry requirements, can be found here.

Nogiata Tukimata
Niue, Lakepe

"I chose this degree because I wanted to gain a better understanding of the ways to revitalise an endangered language like the Niuean language to enable current and future generations to continue using it."

Hēmi Kelly
Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Tahu-Ngāti Whāoa

"My passion is te reo Māori and language revitalisation, and AUT is home to Te Ipukarea Research Institute. There are a number of innovative projects that have emerged from Te Ipukarea, so the decision to further my education at AUT was easy."

Dr Hana Merenea O'Regan
Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe, Waitaha

"It’s inspiring to see the level of leadership and forward thinking AUT staff have, and the way they encourage students to test boundaries and assumptions. It resonated with me straight away when I first attended a language hui at AUT, and helped to ignite my own passion for the discipline."